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Next Innovation with Japan NINJA Accelerator Program 2021 for Kenyan Entrepreneurs

Next Innovation with Japan NINJA Accelerator Program is a startup support initiative by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) launched in January 2020, to promote innovation and creation of new businesses in emerging countries.

Application Deadline: 5th September 2021

About the NINJA Accelerator:

NINJA Kenya is a 12-week acceleration program aimed at enhancing the ability to secure strategic partnerships and investment for high-growth post-revenue ventures In Kenya. The program is uniquely tailored to bring together expertise from both local and Japanese resources for guaranteed success to participating entrepreneurs.

Empowering innovative, high-growth business in Kenya for sustained and significant increase in revenue, job creation and positive community impact in a post-COVID World.

The NINJA Accelerator in Kenya is JICA’s first acceleration program in Africa and aims at empowering Kenya’s high-growth post-revenue ventures with strategic partnerships, mentorships, and access to investments for enhanced business growth and continued social development in the country.

Type: Entrepreneurship


Overall criteria

Pre-Series-A businesses with stronger founders and senior leadership team, capable of – and committed to – an accelerated scale-up process and willing to accept larger investments and strategic partners. Businesses should have an initial proof of product-market fit and sustained revenue for a minimum of 12 months

What sectors is the NINJA Accelerator interested in?

Cohort 2 is sector agnostic.

Application criteria:

For this cohort, we are looking for 5 high-potential ventures that are:

  • For profit, post product, post revenue business with minimum of 6 months sustained revenue
  • With an office and operations based in Kenya
  • Led by a dedicated FULL-TIME founding team
  • Minimum of 2 years of existence, but not greater than 5 years
  • At a stage to raise Late Seed or Pre-Series A funding rounds
  • With a Founding Team committed to fully participate in ALL program activities
  • The business model and/or product/service must be tech-enabled

At a stage to raise series A or higher investment

Founding team committed to fully participate in all the program activities

Eligible Countries:


Number of Awards:

Not specified

How to Apply for the NINJA Accelerator: APPLY NOW

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit NINJA Accelerator Program Webpage for Details